Refugee Week

Adjusting To A New Life As A Syrian Refugee, Hope Got Me Through Each Day

Maya Ghazal | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Maya Ghazal

With no friends and no school place, as the rest of my family seemed to be moving on I became very isolated from the outside world. My education had always been important to me. As a young girl I always knew it was my ticket to independence and those rejections left me feeling hopeless. Four months went by that way.

What Would You Do If Your Home Became A Warzone?

Gulwali Passarlay | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Gulwali Passarlay

Gulwali Passarlay is a speaker, activist and former refugee from Afghanistan who came to Britain in 2004, aged just 12. In this vlog for HuffPost UK, Gulwali talks about his journey through ten countries as a refugee, what it feels like to flee your homeland, and why we have a moral duty to aid the thousands of refugees dying at sea on their quest to find safety.

LGBTQ Refugees Need And Deserve Dignity

Dan Steiner | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Dan Steiner

Being gay in a country where it's illegal or culturally unacceptable often means living a life in the shadows, hiding out of fear from family, friends, employers and the authorities. Many people don't even realise they can claim asylum due to sexuality and prejudiced or ignorant lawyers often fail to inform them. Sometimes, people don't even know they've arrived in a country where it's legal to identify as LGBTQ.

Refugee Week: Female Refugees - The Silent Refugee Community

Lily Beaumont | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Lily Beaumont

Refugee week is an important time in which to reflect both upon the issues within refugee communities in the UK and upon how the UK society as a whole...

Seeing And Imagining A More Inclusive Future This Refugee Week

Almir Koldzic | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Almir Koldzic

The heart and soul of Refugee Week is the belief that the arts can inspire social change and promote connection between people in a way nothing else can. It delights, moves and surprises us but it can also give us the courage to question what we think we know and imagine what we don't. It invites us to discover that those who seem so very different and distant from us only appear that way because we haven't tried - or been given the opportunity - to engage with them as people.

Different Pasts, Shared Future - What The Theme Of This Year's Refugee Week Means To Me

Farid Mall | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Farid Mall

The journey was stressful, my wife cried a lot, but we did our best to hide it for the sake of our young boys. We finally arrived in Gatwick Airport on 16th September 1998, very thankful to be safe.

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

A Global Welcome

Angela Junanto | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK
Angela Junanto

I have lived in many places. Togo, France and Indonesia have all been my home and I know that when we move to a new country, a warm welcome makes all the difference.

From Syria With Love

Alison Williams | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK
Alison Williams

Ahmad is a Syrian Kurd who fled Isis. After his death-defying escape from Syria, he arrived in the UK via the region's refugee camps, offered sanctuary in the UK through the government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and has received the warmest of welcomes thanks to the people of Totnes.

Refugee Week - The Other Major Event This Week

Bishop Paul Butler | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK
Bishop Paul Butler

This is a momentous week for Britain. Undoubtedly the contentious issue of migration, both internally in the EU and from the rest of the world, will b...

The British Response to Refugees - The Better Side of Us

Daniel Singleton | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Daniel Singleton

What is clear is that the referendum debate is not a narrow discussion of whether we want to remain in the EU or not. Underneath the presented issues of In and Out, the civil war in the Conservative party, the loss of the working class by the Labour party and the near silence of the Lib Dems, is a more fundamental question - what sort of country do we want to be? Neither Remain nor Leave has won the moral high ground, as neither of them has tried to take it.

How Are Anti-Asylum Arguments Justified?

Simon Goodman | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Goodman

Arguments against asylum seekers are designed to present their users as caring about others, fair and non-prejudiced, while at the same time supporting policies which seem to be quite the opposite.

Why Does Our Collective Empathy So Often Fail to Manifest in Our Treatment of Refugees?

Baroness Chakrabarti | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Baroness Chakrabarti

Refugees consistently face some of the toughest choices imaginable - whether to stay where they are and face rape, torture or death or leave behind their family, everything they have and know to embark on a dangerous - all too often fatal - flight into the unknown. Here's where I'm supposed to say: 'Imagine if it were you, facing such a choice. Imagine if it were your mother or brother". But you don't need to be patronised. We're all more than capable of empathy. Yet we continue to treat refugees with ignorance and even contempt. Why does our collective empathy so often fail to manifest in our treatment of such a vulnerable group?

Celebrating Refugees' Gifts

Maurice Wren | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Maurice Wren

As their stories demonstrate so compellingly, refugees contribute hugely to the lives of everyone in the UK, by enriching our culture, our commerce and our communities, and by showing us that compassion is a hallmark of a strong and open society.